by Geni, Inc. (David Sacks, Alan Braverman)
Allows families to collaboratively build their family tree. When the user adds a relative’s email address, that relative is invited to join the tree. Your family’s information is kept private as you can only search for people who are in your family. When separate trees begin to overlap, they can be merged, with the potential of producing a world family tree. In November 2012, Geni was purchased by MyHeritage.

Free • Subscription • Online • Full Featured
Overall1721.82 out of 51.82 out of 51.82 out of 51.82 out of 51.82 out of 5 1.82
201532.67 out of 52.67 out of 52.67 out of 52.67 out of 52.67 out of 5 2.67
2014201.62 out of 51.62 out of 51.62 out of 51.62 out of 51.62 out of 5 1.62
Earlier1491.83 out of 51.83 out of 51.83 out of 51.83 out of 51.83 out of 5 1.83

Add Your Review of Geni

Your name:         Your rating:   worst 1 2 3 4 5 best

    If your review includes a website address, it will not appear until it is checked to ensure it is not spam.

Biggest Pro:  

Biggest Con:  

If you see this field, leave it blank:

172 Reviews of Geni     RSS 2.0 RSS     Showing 1 - 20                   Add Your Review

Geni Review by lady fontaine,  Feb 19, 2015

2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

I found literally—-”a ton of mistakes” on your “faked” “made-up” “postings” for Isaac winston” etc.!!!
When I tried to write in for this fraud “bug”notification -Your site “Geni” refused to let me sign in… Well someone should report you to the Better Business Bureau for *illegal discriminating behavior” & *posting Fraudulent “time-lines” linked with “my Winston ancestors” who were noted to have lived in the following “century”.I happen to be aware of some “Jokers” /(corrupt idiots) (around me??)* trying)to “rewrite history”—& fake being my real Family: (IE: my crazy girlfriends: 1.(a design-stealin Croatian), &(an Italian-whose mother is straight off the boat from Sicily) & (a half-Chinese-Canadian)-who all deeded they would benefit from claiming my family ancestry as theirs!! “I was given *The original “Family Tree” by my Grandfather Dr. Louis Winston-(who was a member of the S.A.R.:”Sons of the American Revolution”.(*the “Tree”stolen from me” & possibly on a Sabrina-or Simone’ from Croatia?) I find her “using my names as hers” *with tons of people-& my [password] I can’t use on any *Ancestry Sites*because she may be using it? I could help “correct” a lot of your falsified information—but there is now way to prevent people still “undoing” when I find all my “ancestors & their cousins historic houses: *(or that one of the Isaac Winstons married 4 times: or that our houses were designed by Thhomas Jefferson*(& someone goes back & undoes it in some way!!) in fact there is a whole history of people undoing all their “connections”—in England & in America. Thank You MQ Fontaine Winston

Biggest Pro: that on can find an ancestors related family
Biggest Con: that they get important information wrong: and that I am not allowed to notify your website of how to correct any of these things

Geni Review by Maggie,  Jan 28, 2015

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

Love, love, love Geni! It’s very easy to use and perfect if you want to create/store your family tree online. I love their mission to connect everyone in the entire world because we are all related! I’m only using their FREE membership and it works great. I can add unlimited people, which is already more you than other online sites that charge after hitting a certain limit. I don’t have the funds for a Pro sub, and I’m managing just fine without it. Because Geni collaborative, there are always lots of friendly people in the discussions who can help you merge.

Privacy is not a concern because you can configure your own privacy settings. They have a really simple policy too - living profiles are private, deceased profiles are public.

I think I will spring for the data sub though if I can save up enough. There are just so many historical records that have been match automatically to my profiles! I’m dying to see them but you need a subscription to view them.

Biggest Pro: Nice looking tree, great community of friendly users and curators who can help you
Biggest Con: Pro is too expensive

Geni Review by I hate recaptcha,  Jan 19, 2015

1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

The worst website ever. They even try to force you to pay to enter the data about your family that they need. It is as if facebook were to force you to pay to post to your profile. It’s the most retarded thing I’ve even seen in my whole life.

Biggest Pro: None
Biggest Con: It’s retarded

Geni Review by Danny,  Dec 23, 2014

4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

Geni is the most incredible and daring idea on the net - a family tree that connects the entire world! There are few problems, but they’re understaffed. Geni is great for connecting and collaborating with people. Other sites ask you do work that’s already been done several times over, but on Geni you work with others. Join Geni and help improve this global project of mammoth proportions.The fee is great value for what you get out of it.

Biggest Pro: Connects the entire world!
Biggest Con: Some Privacy Concerns.

Geni Review by Bob Britton,  Dec 18, 2014

1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

Geni and My Heritage stole my money and will not give it back. I paid $300 for a lifetime subscription based on the many users they have in Norway (a small, but interesting part of my ancestry). After a short time I was notified that my “lifetime” subscription was being cancelled as they had merged with My Heritage. I was invited to resubscribe and get access to My Heritage, too. Why would I give money to a company that had just robbed me?

Now I see by these posts that I should be concerned about my privacy. I have gone to and my account and profile is still there. I am even listed as a “Pro” user. I cannot do anything at all with my data base as I am blocked and invited to sign-up for a $10 per month subscription. Don’t give your money to highway robbers.

Biggest Pro: They didn’t shoot me in the head when the robbed me.
Biggest Con: My personal data is still on their website.

Geni Review by Solna K Wasser,  Dec 2, 2014

1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

You have made accessible and public my name and the names of my children. All of whom are living this was apparently entered by a David Pine whom I do not know. I happened to google Bernard Wasser who is deceased . Please remove this information. names of Living persons should not be published.

Geni Review by Sheila,  Nov 2, 2014

1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

I have become increasingly disturbed and frustrated by Geni’s inability to protect living individual’s privacy. While on the face of it, it appears living people’s identities (DOB, etc.) are protected, but they are not. For example, I can find information on my mother, who is deceased, in an internet search. If I search for living individuals in my tree in an internet search, I will not find them, but I will find their names through my mother because they’re related. It gives you the entire family structure only without the dates of birth. Furthermore, photos of living individuals are freely distributed, which is highly disturbing, especially when they are of children. When using the program itself, it’s impossible to delete a person. I tried to delete some living people so they cannot turn up on an internet search, and it cannot be done. I’m at the point now where I just want to delete the entire tree.

Biggest Pro: Family tree display is nice
Biggest Con: Huge privacy issues

Geni Review by LOIS,  Oct 24, 2014

1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5



Geni Review by ted cohen,  Oct 19, 2014

1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

geni only wants $$$

Geni Review by Maria Angeles O´Donnell,  Sep 22, 2014

1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

Geni allows 8 time removed family to get into my tree and add and remove what ever they see fit just because this particular relative is Pro. I don´t have a problem with him adding to the generation of my grandparents but he is adding to my first cousins and their children. Does he takes into consideration that these members may not want to be on this website and that is the reason for not being updated.

What is a family member? When somebody that is far, far family member is allowed to change, add, remove, merge information that I have put into my family tree it is not right. Maybe the problem started when MyHeritage bought it.
Then I cannot login Geni with my Windows 7. Why? I have spoken to my server and finally the server said that was a problem with Geni.

Biggest Pro: at one time the volunteers were great
Biggest Con: Far way relatives can change the information I had put in my tree

Geni Review by Nordic,  Sep 21, 2014

1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

Geni is super expensive with zero quality control. Attempts to communicate with them takes weeks. As a Pro user I attempted to download some gedcom files, which took a long time, they claimed they didn’t know I was a Pro user. The pictures that I uploaded on personal family appeared in other peoples files, and the sites the Geni owns. Even though they are owned by the same people, you cannot access the information stolen from you without paying a huge fee. I’d not join, I’d not put any information on their site, nor would I ever recommend them.

Biggest Pro: At the beginning it looks good.
Biggest Con: Poor quality control, customer service doesn’t exist, high price.

Geni Review by Glenys Kirby,  Aug 4, 2014

1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

If you join Geni you become the PREDATOR and are STALKED my FOLLOWERS they then merge your site and they become the MANAGER Lets not forget the CURATORS who keep sabotaging your Profiles. And then there is the RELATIONSIP PATH of those following you. One minute they are your 18th Cousin and when you start another line they become related through their ex wife CONFUSED. It gets worse They then allow FOLLOWERS on the living and when you start DELETING the living They send an Email saying you are MISUSING the programme and then LOCK YOU OUT. A couple of weeks later they then CLOSE your access. IT doesn’t end there they put a another person in as Manager. My Niece who was invited by me to see the site is now the Manager. And Now you have to Join the company they merged with MY HERITAGE to access the information. Stick with ANCESTRY.COM

Biggest Pro: Nothing
Biggest Con: You cant contact them but they can monitor you and then contact you and they do not respond when you respond to them

Geni Review by lp,  Jun 21, 2014

1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

Stick with . I tried geni for a day. the free subscription is useless. the search is terrible, does not allow detailed searching without adding people to your tree. Even using the general search by name, I did not find the people I was looking for even though they have records available on i then came here and read all the privacy issues. deleted my account and small tree immediately.

Biggest Pro: none
Biggest Con: confusing, bad search, limited information in free membership

Geni Review by Randy Schoenberg,  Jun 6, 2014

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

Here’s my answer to Geni’s critics.

Geni Review by Mark Solomons,  Jun 3, 2014

1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

No gedcom upload or download facility
There are crazy users trying to build the biggest tree in the world. They steal your family’s details and photos and add them to Geni and refuse to take them down.
The misuse email address never replies.
It’s worse than a virus, invades your privacy and should be closed down for contravening laws.

Biggest Pro: None
Biggest Con: Stealing your private information, listing living relatives as dead, stealing your family’s photos, refusing to respect your privacy

Geni Review by Jim Symon,  May 23, 2014

1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

Geni would be great if they hadn’t recently (MyHeritage?) decided to price themselves in the stratosphere where only the most ardent genealogy buffs would be interested. The free version is crippleware.

Biggest Con: price

Geni Review by GARY MATUSKA,  Apr 14, 2014

1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

free service ok but geni pro not worth the money i tried the free trial and canceled before the trial period was up but they charged me $119.40 any way. their links do not work and there is no prominent “contact us” portal. some have mentioned curators but i can’t find these either.

Biggest Pro: free tree out there for all to see and to access
Biggest Con: very limited access to subscription help, no portals or links to deal with business issues

Geni Review by LD,  Mar 17, 2014

2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

Lets be real SOURCED information and PICTURES is what is shown on the net when people do a search for genealogical info (since I am forced to make it public), it is what entices them to join Geni—to obtain that information–the information that I took time to research, source and place into the ridiculously flawed “One World Tree”. So, should Geni pay me a % of the fee they charge? What does Geni actually contribute to someone like me? Someone who just wants to have a home for my tree? I have NO use for “smart matches” or random “merges” that take more time for me fix than actual research.

I understand the concept of a “One World Tree”..problem is most people copy and paste WRONG and UNDOCUMENTED information that sneaks into MY SOURCED and DOCUMENTED trees. I have people married to brothers, sons, and sisters…duplicates galore with no way to remove them; Public profiles I want to keep private.

To be clear, when I joined, the “World Tree”, public profiles and random merges were not in effect. Policy changes “mid-stream” left many of us confused at best and angry at worst.

Biggest Pro: Curators are awesome–these people are VOLUNTEERS–not paid Geni employees
Biggest Con: Site not user friendly (ie can’t easily fix mistakes) random merges with UNDOCUMENTED, UNSOURCED and WRONG information

Geni Review by David,  Feb 2, 2014

3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

The question is, what are the mechanisms for resolving or representing conflicts between overlapping family trees? How is uncertainty represented?

Geni Review by Tiffany R.,  Jan 31, 2014

4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

I love Geni. I think it’s one of the best family tree websites out there today. Its very easy to use and the best part is that you get to collaborate with an amazing community of users. I had been working on my family tree for several years now alone, with very little interest from my family. Once I stumbled upon Geni and starting building my tree, all of a sudden I found myself with a wealth of information I never knew existed. Their goal is to create a single, family tree of the entire world. With all the horrible duplicates and incorrect information out there on the internet on sites like Ancestry, I was at first was weary of this. But, after a few years, I can now see the benefits of it. One of the biggest problems with family trees online is that wrong information is copied over and over. Not something you have to worry about with Geni since their goal is not to have any duplicates. All duplicates are merged into one profile. People can correct mistakes as they find them and add new information too. Everyone gets to benefit from the work of others! Curators help maintain the world tree and they are extremely helpful. They are part of the reason that makes Geni’s family tree so great.

They introduced Record Matches this past year and it has been amazing. I’ve found so many matching historical records to my tree and it’s easy to confirm and connect to their profiles. Unfortunately, it does require a data subscription to access it, but it’s totally worth it.

If you’re looking to fully control your tree then I strongly suggest you go somewhere else. And I hope people who are reading these reviews will keep in mind that many of the reviewers are trying to use Geni for something that it was not intended for. In my opinion, it is an unfair assessment of what Geni offers. Geni is perfect for what it has set out to do, a collaborative world tree. Those not interested in sharing their tree should definitely go somewhere else. To those reviewers I say this - it’s not them, it’s you.

P.S. I also read people having trouble with their subscriptions. Customer service does exist. It took me two seconds to find contact info in their Help Center. I got a speedy reply to my refund request after I forgot to cancel my free trial.

Biggest Pro: collaborative world tree
Biggest Con: difficult to fix wrong merges without the help of a curator

Show 21-40 »